The Jonas Brothers Generation has found its official funnyman, and his name is Lucas Cruikshank.
Or as countless tween fans know him, Fred Figglehorn, the six-year-old chipmunk-voiced terror whose YouTube channel boasts more than 1.3 million subscribers and nearly 60 million views.
In real life, Lucas is a 15-year-old high schooler from Columbus, Neb., who created the Fred character in 2006 after his mom gave him an inexpensive video camera. Within a year, he’d become the first person ever to crack a million YouTube subs.
Now he reveals to BlogTalkRadio that he’s bringing Fred to the big screen.
“There’s gonna be a Fred movie coming out. I haven’t even started filming yet. I’m working on the creative right now, with writers and everything,” Lucas tells WZAP Radio host Zachary Sang.
“I’m probably gonna start filming it this winter. It’s gonna be awesome. I think the fans are really gonna like it because, unlike the Fred videos, where you just see Fred and animals, you’re gonna see the real-life Kevin and the real-life Judy” — he adds of Fred’s arch-enemy and object of infatuation, respectively — “and the real-life mom, and Fred’s whole entire world.
“It’s gonna be an actual feature-length movie. It’ll be the first character from YouTube to go to the movies.
“The writers are talking about celebrity cameos and stuff like that,” Lucas continues.
“It would be cool if Megan Fox played Judy. But she probably wouldn’t agree to play a side character in a movie — now that she’s all ‘big and stuff.'”
Lucas also chats about his comic heroes, and how he sees his showbiz future unfolding.
“My main inspiration is definitely Jim Carrey. I love his comedy and his style of acting in all his movies,” he says. “I definitely want to have a similar career path to him.”
And if his YouTube show and feature film weren’t enough to keep him busy, Lucas also has a potential Grammy-worthy project in the works.
“There’s a Fred CD that I’m going to start recording soon,” he says.
“I’m working with the musical producers from the Hannah Montana and the High School Musical soundtracks, which is like a perfect fit for Fred.
“When the soundtrack does come out, the producers are talking about doing mall tours to promote the album.”
To hear Lucas’ full interview, click here.
To check out Fred Figglehorn in action, click here.